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Pupils should:

Become fluent in the fundamentals of maths

Develop the skills to tackle challenges with enthusiasm and confidence in a wider context

Know and confidently apply key skills

Reason and problem solve mathematically

Use appropriate mathematical vocabulary

Use maths skills across a wide range of curriculum subjects and in practical, real-life situations




At Cropthorne with Charlton CE school, our intent for mathematics is to teach a rich, balanced and progressive curriculum using maths to reason, problem solve and develop fluent conceptual understanding in each area. Our curriculum is frequently reviewed to ensure that is it current and. Our curriculum allows children to better make sense of the world around them by making connections between mathematics and everyday life. Our policies, resources and schemes support our vision and clearly outline where maths can be incorporated across different curriculum areas. The structure of the mathematics curriculum across school shows clear progression in line with age related expectations. Teaching curriculum content in blocks allows children to explore skills and knowledge in depth and gain a secure understanding of particular subject matter. Key knowledge and skills are also revisited regularly allowing repetition to embed learning. A concrete, pictorial, abstract approach provides children with a clear structure in which they can develop their depth of understanding of mathematical concepts. We aim to ensure that mathematics is a high profile subject which children view positively and with a ‘Can do’ attitude.

Alongside the White Rose materials, we use many other resources to ensure that our offer is rich and varied. These include NCETM, NRich, Third Space Learning – these are used across KS1 and KS2 allowing children to be exposed to a variety of different types of learning and to ensure coverage of fluency, problem solving and reasoning in different formats. Pre and post unit assessments are used where appropriate along with termly assessments which help teachers to gather an understanding of their pupil’s existing and developing knowledge and skills. Correct mathematical vocabulary is used by all teachers and this is discussed with and explained to children who are then encouraged to use it independently when talking about maths. Vocabulary is displayed clearly on displays and is referred to in every lesson. The children receive regular group support as part of their maths lessons with further support for individuals or small groups where a need is identified. Fluency is developed through repeating, reinforcing and revising key skills; daily arithmetic takes place in all classes. Children are given time to practice and perfect their calculation strategies including giving pupils the opportunity to make appropriate decisions when estimating, calculating and evaluating the effectiveness of their chosen methods. Feedback is given in a variety of ways to ensure pupils are well informed and making visible progress. Discussion is essential to learning and children are encouraged to discuss their thoughts, ideas and methods with a partner, group or the teacher. Task types are varied to suit different pupils and their learning preferences; developing reasoning remains one of our key focuses. Investigative tasks are designed to allow pupils to follow lines of enquiry and develop their own ideas, justifying and proving their answers. Children work both collaboratively and independently when solving problems which require them to persevere and develop resilience. Pupils also record mental and problem solving activities in a maths notebook.




The impact of our mathematics curriculum is that:

Pupils are confident, enthusiastic and resilient mathematicians, continually striving to develop their skills and understanding.

Pupils have and apply a secure knowledge of facts across the maths curriculum.

Pupils use their knowledge to reason and problem solve in a variety of contexts.

Pupils can communicate their mathematical thinking clearly.

Pupils demonstrate enjoyment and pride in their work.